Leadership

The Reverend Mark E. Waldo, Jr.

Rector picThe Rev. Mark Waldo came to St. Michael’s in the spring of 2005. The Waldo name is well-known in the region as Mark’s father was the rector at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery for 28 years. Mark recalls many youthful afternoons at Robinson Springs in Millbrook, visiting and playing with childhood friends. After gaining a B.A. degree in education and music, Mark attended Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. He spent five years as minister at St. Alban’s Church in Murrysville, PA, before moving to St. Patrick’s in Annandale, VA, where he was director of children’s ministries. “I work well with people to create ideas and to support well those who make ideas become reality,” says Mark. “I believe God calls forth the best in each of us and calls us to see the best in each other.” To learn more about Mark’s arrival at St. Michael’s, you can read this article from the Montgomery Advertiser.

 

Bill Cunningham, Deacon

DeaconThe Rev. Deacon Bill Cunningham is a life-long Episcopalian having been baptized and confirmed at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, Tennessee. He married  Sherrill Baxter shortly after graduating from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, in 1964. Together they have six children, fourteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Bill has been selling business printers and copiers for last twenty-two years, and is currently a sales manager with Intoprint Technologies. Bill and Sherrill came to St. Michael’s in 1995. He served as senior warden three times before entering the discernment process for ordination as a deacon, a five-year formation process. Bill was ordained in September 2004. The distinct ministry of the diaconate, by appointment by the Bishop, is to translate the needs of the world to the parish, assist in liturgy, and exemplify servanthood ministry. Bill is all this, as well as a friend and Christian caregiver to many in the congregation. His current ministries include his work as president of WELCOME—the ecumenical outreach ministry for West Elmore County, assistant chaplain at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, communications production point person for the parish, the rector’s liturgical right hand and frequent “cook and bottle washer.”